Jenna Ferrara, LCSW

Jenna Ferrara, LCSW

Veterans Administration & Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist

Jenna Ferrara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and works as a Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist at the San Francisco VA Downtown Clinic. In this role, she links justice-involved Veterans to VA services and treatment, provides support to Veterans participating in San Francisco County’s, Veterans Justice Court, and participates in the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for the San Francisco Police Department. Prior to working at the VA, Jenna worked as a Mental Health Clinician and Reentry Coordinator for Jail Behavioral Health Services, located at the San Francisco County Jail and at University of San Francisco’s, Correctional Medicine Consultation Network, providing health care to individuals incarcerated in California prisons. In addition to working in forensic settings, she worked in the community at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She was a volunteer and per diem staff member at Syringe Access Services, which is a syringe exchange program located in San Francisco and was also a member of the San Francisco Mayor's, Hepatitis C Task Force from 2009-2011.

Reentry Conference Event Page

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
HALL B | St. Mary's Cathedral - Event Center

Veterans Justice: Insights, Avenues and Solutions

PANEL MODERATOR:
Mick Gardner
Mick Gardner - Manager C.O.V.E.R. In-custody/Out-of-custody Program/Swords to Plowshares


∎ PANELISTS:

Judge Michael Isaku Begert
San Francisco Veteran Justice Court and Superior Court Judge
Ron Self
Executive Director - Veterans Healing Veterans, Formerly Incarcerated
Megan O’Leary
(Staff) Attorney - Veteran Upgrade - Swords To Plowshares
Jenna Ferrara, LCSW
Veterans Administration - Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist
Tim Healy
Health Care Reentry Veterans - Peer Specialist, Formerly Incarcerated


 ∎ PANEL DESCRIPTION:

This Veterans Justice Panel is a dedicated group comprised of legal experts, veterans' advocates, justice-impacted supervision, and representatives from relevant community-based and VA agencies. The purpose, of this panel presentation is to demonstrate the impact of collaborative service provisions that veterans receive and the fair treatment within the justice system as they address their unique legal challenges. The panel discussion will include issues such as access to legal services, diversion programs for veterans with mental health or substance abuse issues, understanding and navigating veterans' benefits, addressing life skills strategies for Veterans to gain during their in-custody tenure, and advocating for policies that support veterans' rights. Utilizing this collaboration with various stakeholders, our panel aims to promote justice, support, and rehabilitation for those who have served our country.